It might be surprising, but a badly organized menu can reduce an average cart value or even lead to the loss of a customer. Do not let it happen and find out how you can organize your menu into sections and encourage customers to place an order.
Also manage the availability of entire categories or selected products on the menu, so customers will always have access to the restaurant's current offer.
Creating menu section
The first step is to create a new section. You can do it in just a few seconds!
Go to “Menus”.
There is an option for creating a new section on the top and at the bottom of the menu. Fill in the field “Type new section”.
Save the section by clicking on the „+” sign or “Enter”.
The section will appear in the menu on your website when it has at least one menu item typed.
Deleting a category is definitive and cannot be undone in any way. If you delete a category, all products added to it will be also deleted.
Editing menu section
Once you have created the sections, you can edit them and add descriptions and enable additional options.
Go to “Menus”.
Click on the “Edit” button (a pencil icon) next to the section you wish to edit.
Add the description and, if you wish, use other options.
If all menu items in a section are time-restricted, the category will automatically hide outside of those product availability hours. For example, if you create a category "Lunches" and the products in the category are only available between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, the category will automatically hide outside of those hours.
Adding images to sections
Taking care of the customer experience is key to have a successful restaurant. You can start simple and make your menu more visually appealing by adding pictures to the sections. Find out how you can do that.
Go to “Menus”.
Choose a section, press “Add image” next to the chosen section and upload a photo from your computer. All changes will be automatically saved.
Go to “Website” → “Theme”.
Click on the “Customize” button.
Then open the “Theme settings”.
Choose the picture size in “Image resolution” in the “Menu sections” section. It is possible in some themes the option “Hidden” is chosen which would automatically make the picture not visible.
The picture will appear on your website in the chosen size.
Sorting menu section order
If you want to mark some sections out, you can do it in just a few seconds. This comes in handy if you want to, for example, prioritize some products to increase their sales or due to some special event.
Go to the "Menu".
In the "Section", select the section you want to move.
Grab a section and move it.
Leave the section in its new place.
Your change will be visible in the UpMenu panel in the Menu and on the restaurant's website.
Creating menu product subsection
Another good step, to create a perfect menu is creating subsections to keep the menu even more organized. Here is how you can do it.
Go to ”Menus”.
Create a new section. This category will be the parent category.
Choose a section you would like to convert into a subsection and click on the “Edit” button (a pencil icon).
Expand the “Advanced settings”.
In the ”Parent group” section, select the category you created and save changes.
The parent group will be connected with its subsection in the “Sections” list.
When the customer moves their mouse over the parent group on your restaurant website, they will see its subsections.
Promoting sections of products by using URL links
In UpMenu you can promote your products and menu sections on various channels, e.g. social media. You can do it just in few easy steps.
Select the restaurant or the menu you want to promote.
Go to the "Menu → Edit section details→ Advanced Settings → Menu Section ID".
Copy the category URL link placed in Menu Section ID.
Paste the copied URL link accordingly to the channel you're using to promote the category.
From now the link will direct the customers straight to the selected menu category in the menu of your restaurant on the website.